The county's library trustees have agreed to forgo salary increases for library employees as long as no other group of government employees, such as school workers, gets raises either.
Harford Library system director Philip A. Place said "If it's for everybody, that's onething. We know it's tough times. We will go along with the that, predicated that everyone else does the same."
To avoid layoffs, County Executive Eileen Rehrmann has frozen thesalaries of the county's 1,068 employees. She has asked the library board, Board of Education and Harford Community College to do the same.
The library system had originally requested a 6 percent raise in the budget it submitted to the county, Place said.
Last year, library workers received a 6.5 percent pay raise. The county has the full-time equivalent of 116 library employees. Place said average salary figures for library workers were unavailable.
The seven-member library board must approve its final budget by April 18.
As for thecounty board of education, the response to the county executive's no-frills budget proposal, released last week, was a continued wait-and-see approach.
Public school employees got the news that the $72.7million proposed for education in Rehrmann's operating budget did not allocate money for the 8 percent salary raise scheduled to start inJuly.
But school board president Richard C. Molinaro said Friday he couldn't predict exactly what will happen to the promised raises.
"We have to meet as a board and take a look at the money that has been provided and make some hard decisions," he said.
"We had a negotiated contract pending the full funding of the budget. That did not occur, so we have to meet with the Harford County Education Association to discuss the limitations of the budget. I cannot say how limited at this point," Molinaro said.
Harford Community College followed suit in the holding pattern. The college's Board of Trustees willnot make a decision about whether to forgo salary increases until June, said Steve Pannill, vice president of administration and finance.
"Basically, the college position is that the board will wait until the state legislature is closed and the county budget is adopted, and they have the best information available," Pannill explained.